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Whistling Past the Political Graveyard

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Fighting Wars Already Lost

None of you will be surprised at today’s thesis.  This has been the regular theme in American politics for a long while, and it’s ever more disheartening to see. Last night, I attended a meeting of my local county Republican Party. A State Representative had been invited to speak on the current legislative agenda, and the things he is doing to advance Republican issues. After the first ten minutes, it became clear to me that he needs to go.  He’s a long-time “good ole boys” network guy, involved for decades in local, regional, and state politics, but it’s clear he has no stomach for the fight ahead.  I’m sure he’s a nice enough fellow, but right now, we don’t need “nice guys” but instead, we need fire-breathing dragons. Nothing is so disappointing as to see a lively crowd of local activists address questions to such a politician, and have him walk out of the room with the questions unanswered. More, and I think this was the more terrifying part, most of the questions were addressed to things he’s specifically raised during his talk, but left unaddressed were all the more critical issues now facing the country.  I’m glad he’s interested in cutting taxes and slowing the growth of government, but none of that matters right now.  Just like DC Republicans, this guy doesn’t see the crisis, in part because it doesn’t affect him, but in larger measure due to a sort of intrinsic cowardice built into his view of Republicanism. Here is a man who served honorably in the military both on active and inactive duty for decades, a helicopter pilot, but he’s closed his eyes to the battle raging all around him.  These are the people we must respectfully ask to step down, and then insist if necessary. They’re doing us no good, and in fact, by yielding the battlefield to the adversary, are effectively taking part in mass surrender.

The Texas State Representative seemed to avoid all cultural issues. Whatever his particular views on them, it was clear that he didn’t want to talk about immigration, abortion, cancel culture, or any of the non-economic issues confronting the people of Texas and more broadly, the American people.  It seemed to me that those issues were such that he either had contrary feelings on some of them, or that he thought those battles were not his to fight.  Ladies and gentlemen, those issues need our attention, but more generally, we need not cede any portion of the battlefield to the hard left that is now operating without restriction in our nation. He gave a lengthy, detailed talk about the upcoming redistricting, that will be tackled in special session later this year.  What he did not wish to address are any of the cultural issues that will underpin and drive the process.  It’s all well and good to explain what’s likely to happen given the political and demographic realities of the moment, but it would also be instructive to understand how we got to this place.  He seemed reluctant to comment, because once again, this would cross into areas of culture about which he is uncomfortable discussing.  We have no time for such people.  In a time of stability and relative calm, a party can tolerate some number of practical people who are concerned primarily with dollars and cents, to the exclusion of all other matters, but we are in a deepening political crisis that will call upon us all to step up or watch our nation perish.  Yes, it’s as bad as that.  No, the State Representative in question did not seem to perceive it, or if he did, he seemed content to fight to defend his tiny slice of the overall pie.  There was nothing new here.  Here we had another status quo politician trying to slow the growth of government, but also advocating for his own pet program (Rural broadband, in this case,) but in all ways that are important, entirely missing the plot.

The Republican Party must focus on just a handful of things at present, particularly in the legislative venues at our disposal.

  • Election Integrity
  • Limiting the authority of governments/officials during so-called “pandemics”
  • Breaking up the Social Media and Broadcast media ideological oligopoly
  • Throttling the education bureaucracy that is intentionally mis/dis-educating our children
  • Preserving our rights to defend ourselves and our communities, including our sovereignty as a nation

Listening to our State Representative last evening, I realized that he had no interest in any of these issues. None. These are the issues that will decide whether it’s even possible to have a Republican State Representative in this legislative district in the near-term future.  This man, and those like him, are whistling past the political graveyard.  There can be no future for Republicans, or specifically, conservatism, if we continue to pretend that we can still wave our hands around talking about tax cuts and making government more efficient even while the left is demolishing our ability to do anything whatever about it. Worse, it is laughable to talk about controlling the growth of government while essentially advocating for more government programs and dollars. The left is actively purging Republicans from polite society at an increasing rate, and while well-meaning fools run about talking about economic and financial issues, the left is undermining the whole of the economy on which any such notions are based. It does no good to tackle taxing issues when the left is printing money at record pace, creating the cruelest tax of them all: Inflation, as a precursor to economic collapse.

The Republican Party has many smart, dedicated people in it, but I think far too many are stuck in a paradigm that’s been dead and buried for some years. Our nation is being destroyed, and while it happened slowly at first, it has now accelerated to a state requiring a day-to-day assessment of our condition.  While I’m sure the State Representative to whom I listened last night probably means well, he’s not going to be very effective. If he’s not willing to pursue the handful of issues I’ve outlined above, we’re not going to make much headway on the basis of his efforts, irrespective of his sincerity.  Instead, this is a time for activism of another sort. To date, Republicans and conservatives have satisfied themselves with a vaguely contentious discussion about the size of government, but the left is only too happy to entertain that discussion since all the while, they’re cutting out the foundation on which such discussions are based. More, they’re growing government at such a colossal rate that there will soon be no room for the private sector. They’re intentionally crowding us out, while we leave the battleground on which that is occurring unguarded and largely uncontested.

Make no mistake: This is warfare still being conducted in the political sphere, but that will not persist indefinitely. We are rapidly coming to a point at which they will simply demand our outright, explicit surrender, and attached to the demand will be an unavoidable “Or else.” Now is not the time for retrenchment, and retreat. This is the time for bold political activism, because the flaws and fallacies in their arguments are obvious.  What we need is the will to fight.

At the end of last night’s meeting, after the guest speakers had departed, new Precinct Chairs were being inducted among other routine business. The party Chairman asked each of them, in turn, why they were seeking these positions. An elderly gentleman, seated not far behind me, explained in two words why he wanted to be a Precinct Chair:

“I’m scared…”

He went on to say that he is scared for the country. He’s scared for his children and grandchildren. He’s scared.  He didn’t shriek his words. He didn’t shout them, but neither did he whimper.  It was a matter-of-fact pronouncement of what every sensible person seated in that room already feels, and knows, in the pit of their stomachs each time they turn on the news. If you’re not scared, you’re a damned fool.  That State Representative, unwilling to address the elephants in that room, listed above, is a damned fool. He’s scared too, but for a different reason: He fears having to enter a battlefield on which he knows nothing about the combatants, the contested issues, and the cause of the fear expressed later by the new Precinct Chair.  It’s a battle he doesn’t know how to fight, and since he doesn’t, his practice has been to retreat into issues where he has better understanding and firmer footing for his advocacy.  The problem is that his fear, for whatever reasons, prohibit him from engaging in the battle we now have before us.  He might be a great warrior in a battle over economic and fiscal policy, but he clearly has a lacking of either the stomach or the standing for the all-out political and cultural war we now face.  They aren’t here to make peace with us. They’re here to wipe us out.

I would ask my fellow conservatives to attend meetings of their local Republican Party, learn the players, learn the mechanics of it all, and then seek a seat as a Precinct Chair/Committeeman (whatever they call it in your state.)  Dan Shultz of ThePrecinctProject Blog offers some insight here. Here’s a video of an interview by Steven K Bannon from his show “War Room:”

 

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